Medical superintendent’s version and post mortem report at variance

The Delhi Police Crime Branch has accessed the medical records of constable Subhash Chand Tomar, who was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital after he was found lying unconscious during the December 23 protests by people against the December 16 gang rape. He died two days later.

The police said there was an inconsistency between the post mortem report and the version of medical superintendent P.S. Sidhu, who said Tomar had no major external injuries and that there were only some bruises when he was brought to the hospital.

Now all of Tomar’s medical records would be examined by medical experts, including the doctors who treated him at RML Hospital and those who performed post-mortem, the police said.

Meanwhile, a Crime Branch team spoke to Pauline, an eyewitness, on Friday. According to Pauline, the team visited her local guardian’s house in the evening and she narrated what she saw on the day of protest, including how the constable collapsed on his own.

Two other eyewitnesses — Yogendra, whose version is similar to Pauline’s, and Saleem Rizvi, who backed the police account that the constable had been attacked by a group of protesters — were quizzed on Thursday.

Rizvi, who approached the police claiming that he had reached the spot before the other two witnesses, was referred to the Crime Branch by the New Delhi District Police. His statement is being verified.

The exact spot where the policeman was found lying unconscious is yet to be identified and the police said they would check footage from all CCTV cameras installed close to India Gate.

The other policemen who were present where Tomar was found have not yet been identified.

According to police sources, no evidence has come up to link the eight persons, who were arrested for taking part in the protests on December 23, to Tomar’s death.

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